Monday, September 9, 2013
Well, another weekend has come and gone, and I didn't have time (again) to draft a chapter for my third online novel. Currently I have a prologue and nine chapters written and posted under a pen name on two different websites. From the two novels and several short stories I have completed plus my Work in Progress (WIP), my work has garnered nearly three million reads/hits to date.
But with summer gone and real life (i.e., the school year) getting rolling, I'm again having the worst time trying to find time to write.
Yes, I know I'm a busy wife and mom. And home educator. And writing/literature instructor, both online and in the classroom. And editor/grader with my own business. With four kids and a husband at home (oh, and a dachshund!), plus two teen boys to homeschool in grades 8 and 11, three online courses to teach this fall, and one co-op essay writing class to teach, plus proofreading/editing for several ministries in addition to grading essays for my own business, I guess that writing is being forced to take a backseat to deadlines, exams, and teaching.
And we won't get into the several autoimmune disorders that doctors have diagnosed.
Last week I ran across a quotation on Twitter, and it struck me funny in a dry way. Perhaps it's not really humorous at all; it could just be Truth staring down her nose at me.
"Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life."
Yeah, that's about how having this next chapter to draft hanging over my head right now feels like, especially as I write this post at 3:45 AM.
But I do pray for wise time management so that I can set aside a few blocks of time each week for writing.
Have a wonderful week!!
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
For the first time in ten years, I only have two students at home this year for school. Jonathan is starting his junior year of high school while Benjamin is beginning eighth grade. And here are our courses and text materials for this year:
Jonathan, Grade 11:
Bible: Morning Prayer and daily Old Testament and New Testament readings from the Book of Common Prayer 2011. Theology: One Hundred Most Important Events in Christian History; God Hides in Plain Sight
American Literature: ABeka American Literature text; English from the Roots Up, Volumes I & II (Greek and Latin root words); Brave Writer courses
US History: ABeka United States History text
Algebra II: Saxon Algebra II (with tutoring by Johanna Vignol)
Chemistry: Apologia Chemistry, Second Edition; Lab Classes at Heritage Christian School (East County II Class Day)
Driver’s Education at Heritage Christian School (Lake Jennings Class Day)
PE: Volleyball and Basketball at Heritage Christian School (ECII Class Day); Sports Camp Junior Coach, August 2013
Guitar III: Weekly lessons with Father Keith Acker of Alpine’s Free Teen Guitar Class
Benjamin, Grade 8:
Bible: Morning Prayer and daily Old Testament and New Testament readings from the Book of Common Prayer 2011. Theology: One Hundred Most Important Events in Christian History, God Hides in Plain Sight
Language Arts: Spelling Power; Daily Grams Grade Eight; English from the Roots Up, Volumes I & II (Greek and Latin root words); 20 minutes Bible reading; 20 minutes Harry Potter books; Brave Writer’s Partnership Writing program, Daily Copywork; American Literature Read-Alouds
Pre-Algebra: Saxon Algebra ½ (second half)
US History: The Story of US (second half starting with the Civil War in Volume 6 of 10 vols)
Science: Apologia General Science ; Lab Classes at ECII Class Day
PE: Volleyball and Basketball at Heritage Christian School (ECII Class Day)
Typing: Writing Skills: Keyboarding Skills
And I will be teaching a combined 3rd period course of Expository Essay I and II (formerly Intermediate and Advanced Writing) to high school juniors and seniors at Heritage Christian School's ECII Class Day, in addition to my three fall online courses in Literary Analysis: American Poetry, The MLA Research Essay, and Literary Analysis: The Great Gatsby at Brave Writer, plus new students are joining longtime students for my Online Essay Grading Service. So we are hoping for an educational, enjoyable, productive school year ahead for us!!